Pinpoint Weather: Cooler and less humid as eyes continue watching the track of Hurricane Sally and her potential impacts on our weather

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For those of us who are ready for a taste of fall, get ready…it’s here!

Seemingly all of summer, we never really got a break from the humidity. Now, we’ve got one during the last few days of summer.

However, we continue to monitor the progression of Hurricane Sally. As of the 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, max winds were at 85 mph which puts it still at a mid-range Category 1 hurricane. The forward movement continues to crawl at just 2 mph, but it has kicked off toward the north-northeast which has helped to nudge the track a bit further south in the latest advisory.

This is a tricky forecast because Sally’s movement has been so slow over the last day or so. Forecasts indicate that she should pick up some forward speed Wednesday and into Thursday.

The track of Sally, from the National Hurricane Center, brings her closer to our area Wednesday and Thursday, but the bulk of the moisture associated with Sally should remain to our south in the Carolinas and Georgia as she should move out to sea late-week, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t see any rain.

Locally, we can expect light-to-moderate rain, mainly on Thursday, possibly into very early Friday with the heaviest rain falling along our bordering counties with North Carolina (Grayson, Carroll, Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties).

Our in-house model looks to bring rain into our area on Thursday and take it out of the region by Friday. The GFS is along the same mindset.

However, the EURO model wants to bump the bulk of the rain further south which would help to keep our rainfall totals on the lower side.

By the time we get into the weekend, Sally should be out to sea and our weather will start to dry out and cool off.

We should actually struggle to get out of the 60s during the weekend for HIGHS – not lows. Low temperatures are expected to be in the 40s over the vast majority of the area. The weather is expected to be dry this coming weekend into the first part of next week.

WFXR Meteorologist Sandra Brogan will have more on Good Day Virginia.

Gary Boyer

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